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FTR #379 Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Part 2

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As the war fever against Iraq mounts, this broadcast examines some of the unanswered questions about the situation. In particular, this program examines the possibility that Iraq (or an interlocutor, perhaps another element of the Underground Reich) may have authored bioterrorist acts against the United States and/or Great Britain. It should be stressed that this is not yet known to be the case. This broadcast will ask that question and present the reasons for considering if that is the case. Some of the crucial questions about the Iraqi situation will be asked in the next two For The Record programs.

1. Beginning with discussion of a report on the possibility of “agro-terrorism” against the United States, the program takes up the issue of whether such a scenario may, in fact, be underway. In this context, one should bear in mind that Osama Bin Laden called for Muslims to strike American targets that would maximize economic damage. “In a report so sensitive that an entire chapter was removed before publication, a panel of government scientists said Thursday that the United States was ill-prepared to detect and contain potential bioterror attacks on the nation’s agricultural system. The National Research Council report, ‘Containing Agricultural Terrorism,’ offers no guess about how likely it is that terrorists might try to infect crops or animals with insect, bacterial or viral pests. . . . Moon said a potential terrorist could undermine public confidence in U.S. agricultural products, and even if it posed only a limited danger to human life, it could cause enormous economic disruptions. . . .The common theme running through California’s proactive response and the somber National Research Council report is that the best way to defend U.S. farms against potential terror is to beef up the systems already in place to keep foreign pests from accidentally contaminating crops or farm animals. For instance when foot-and-mouth disease broke out in the United Kingdom in 2001, California state veterinarian Breitmeyer is credited with instituting measures that protected the state’s cattle and dairy industries. . . .’When we started, this was something we thought of as a distant future threat,’ Moon said, adding that ‘9/11 told us on the committee that the clock we had in our minds might not be advanced enough.” (“U.S. Not Ready for Agro-Terrorism, Report Finds” by Tom Abate; San Francisco Chronicle, 9/20/2002; p. A16.)

2. Noting that Iraq’s biological warfare program was known as “the General Directorate of Veterinary Affairs” the program revisits the issue of the foot and mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001. Whether or not this outbreak was natural, it is important to contemplate that the disease had been cultivated by the Iraqis as a biological warfare weapon. In the context that follows, one should remember that the distinction between offensive and defensive biological warfare research is largely academic. Vaccine research can be used for offensive purposes. “It has continued to develop a foot and mouth disease vaccine plant at Daura, which had produced botulinum toxin and anthrax.” (“Deadly Agents Difficult to Defend Against;” Financial Times; 9/10/2002; p. 2.)

3. Another disease that is associated with cattle (E. coli) was among the biological warfare agents given to Iraq by the United States. (The arming of Iraq was accomplished under the auspices of the elder George Bush.) “Also on the list: Escherichia coli (E. coli), genetic materials, human and bacterial DNA, and dozens of other pathogenic biological agents. ‘These biological materials were not attenuated or weakened and were capable of reproduction,’ the Senate report stated. ‘It was later learned that these microorganisms exported by the United States were identical to those the United Nations inspectors found and removed from the Iraqi biological warfare program.'” (“Anthrax for Export” by William Blum; The Progressive; April/1998; p. 2.)

4. The possibility of masking an “agro-terror” attack as a natural occurrence should not be overlooked. Careless processing of beef can lead to E. coli contamination. As one considers the following item of discussion, bear in mind that Con-Agra itself has an interesting background. It is derivative of a company founded by an SS officer from funds looted from Holocaust victims. The possibility that elements of the Underground Reich could launch an agro-terror attack in such a way as to make it appear that Iraq was involved is not one to be too readily dismissed. “ConAgra Beef Co., of Greeley, Colo., is voluntarily recalling approximately 354, 200 pounds of fresh and frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Good Safety and Inspection Service announced Sunday.” (“Con-Agra Recalls Ground Beef;” Channel 7 News [ABC affiliate in Denver]; 7/1/2002.)

5. Another disease that is a “veterinary affair” but can also infect humans is the West Nile fever virus, currently moving across the United States. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is asking whether this outbreak might be a bioterror incident. “Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday that the authorities should examine whether the spread of the West Nile virus in this country is a result of biological terrorism. ‘Is it a coincidence that we are seeing such an increase in West Nile virus, or is that something that is being tested as a biological weapon against us?’ Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a radio interview in Waterbury. ‘There are some people, credibly, who feel that it is a test of our defenses and is a biological weapon or somebody doing this for commercial purposes.'” (“Senator Asks if Terror Is Linked to West Nile Virus;” San Jose Mercury News; 9/13/2002; p. 6A.)

6. In the context of Leahy’s remarks, it is interesting to contemplate the reports that Iraq has stockpiled West Nile fever virus, first detected in New York City in 1999. “An incident that occurred in New York in August 1999, and which has continued through the present, is a good indication of what a terrorist threat of this kind might be like. It was the episode of the West Nile virus, which began to create panic in New York health services after five deaths had occurred. Amplified by the media, the epidemic was even characterized on several occasions as a terrorist attack, on the basis of information from several security services. According to researchers, the symptoms of infection by the West Nile virus area slight fever and nausea lasting for three to six days, and the infecting agents are mosquitoes. In children and people with a weakened immune system, such as those who are HIV positive, the West Nile virus can cause fatal encephalitis. This virus is not a newcomer either. It has a place in the history of virology; it was discovered in 1937 in the West Nile district of Uganda. Carried by mosquitoes and birds, the virus is a great traveler, following the seasonal migration of birds to Europe-some strains have been found in Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don.” (In the Name of Osama Bin Laden; by Roland Jacquard; Copyright 2002 [SC] Duke University Press; ISBN# -0-8223-2991-3; p. 149.)

“The virus made its first appearance in New York in August 1999, but no one knows what vehicle it used to cross the Atlantic. Considering the date at which the first infected patients appeared, experts think that the infecting agent, perhaps a bird traveling on a freighter, arrived in late June or early July in northern Queens and southern Bronx. N support of this hypothesis, a curious phenomenon occurred in the area around the Bronx Zoo. Around the middle of August, dozens of crows clearly suffering from neurological disturbances and the loss of spatial orientation could no longer fly and crashed to the ground. Autopsies led experts to conclude that they had died from encephalitis. In the following days, the epidemic struck cormorants, flamingos, and eagles in and around the Bronx. And at the same time, two elderly people died from a strange encephalitis caused by a still unknown virus in a Queens hospital a few miles away. The brain samples from the two victims analyzed by the experts of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta demonstrated, after a first misidentification as Saint Louis virus, that it was in reality a virus close to the West Nile virus that had caused the carnage among birds.” (Ibid.; pp. 149-150.)

“Mayor Rudolph Giuliani then had helicopters spray tons of insecticide over Queens, according to municipal authorities, almost all American stocks of insecticides were used up by the city of New York in a few days, more than a million containers. The New York epidemic again raised the question of the ability of the health services to respond to a bacteriological threat. In this particular case, the reaction was satisfactory, but the threat was on a small scale.” (Ibid.; p. 150.)

“Several American intelligence agents had already informed the White House of a plan by Saddam Hussein that they had learned of a few months earlier from a renegade in direct contact with the dictator. According to the source, Saddam Hussein had triumphantly announced to him in one of the secret offices in Baghdad that he had given orders to develop a biological weapon using strain SV1417 of the West Nile virus in April 1999, and that he planned to use it against a target known to himself alone.” (Idem.)

7. One of the considerations to be evaluated in connection with the geopolitical maneuvering between the U.S. and Iraq is the effective propagandizing that has been realized among the Arab populations of the Middle East. The long-term goals of the Underground Reich-precipitating war between the U.S., Israel and the Muslim/Arab populations of the world for the purpose of effecting their mutual destruction-should be borne in mind. This concept will be more fully explored in future broadcasts. “A majority of people polled in a recent survey of opinion on the Arab street believed that a Zionist conspiracy was behind the September 11 attacks: Given such sentiment, it would be naïve to assume that a U.S.-led overthrow of Mr. Hussein would be hailed with general relief.” (“War on Iraq: A Blunder and a Crime” by Michael Quinlan; Financial Times; 8/7/2002; p. 11.)

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